A trainer who led a hockey revolution amongst tribals in Jharkhand

Ranchi, September 17

A government-aided minority faculty trainer in Jharkhand epitomises the saying ‘where there is a will, there is a way’.

Benedict Kujur has educated a lot of women and boys who went on to signify India within the nationwide hockey group.

Kujur by no means led the percentages pitted towards him daunt him. He was posted as trainer and went on to develop into the principal at a minority-run main faculty in Karangaguri village of Jharkhand’s Simdega district.

The village is situated in a distant space the place frequent individuals are disadvantaged of even fundamental facilities.

The faculty was initially until fifth class and later it was prolonged to class eight.

“In 2003, when I was posted to Karangaguri village, I decided to organise sports. Initially, the students were not interested and even the parents were indifferent. I called a meeting of parents and tried to create awareness about sports,” Kujur mentioned.

He mentioned, “After many attempts, the parents agreed to let their wards participate in sports. I made the sports class mandatory for everyone. Hockey was the only option. We started hockey training for students. Skill development among students was my agenda. While imparting them the skills, we faced an enormous resource crunch,” he says.

But he discovered methods to transcend all difficulties. The hockey sticks had been made from bamboo. Even a hockey ball wasn’t accessible. A ‘Sharifa’ fruit got here in useful as a ball. Later a ball made from bamboo was used within the coaching periods.

The greatest drawback was ability improvement. “We used to hold two sessions besides mandatory classes in the school. The first session for training was in the morning and second in the evening. While getting involved in skill development, we focused on exercises. Students were asked to run on river sand beds and even climb hills. As the area is really backward, proper diet was not available,” mentioned Kujur.

In a brief interval, the college grew to become a nursery for hockey expertise. Many gamers educated at this faculty have performed on the district and state ranges. Most of those that performed within the nationwide group had been ladies.

Now the college is getting help from many NGOS and different benefactors. Now hockey sticks and hockey balls can be found for college students.

The women who went on to play on the nationwide and worldwide stage embody Beauty Dundung, Sushma Kumari, Alka Dundung, Deepika Soreng and Pink Ekka.

Kujur was transferred to Jaldega in 2016. Till then the college had develop into a hockey powerhouse.

Beauty Dundung, who performed for India in 2019 appreciates the contribution of Benedict Kujur in her profession. “It was mandatory for us to bring hockey sticks. When we failed to go with hockey sticks then we were scolded by Principal sir. We used to play with bamboo sticks in school. I have played many matches against many countries, including Australia. The skills imparted by Sir help us in international hockey as well,” Dundung advised IANS.

Appreciating his work, Manoj Kumar, Secretary of Simdega hockey Association, mentioned “70 per cent of Jharkhand’s hockey players come from the school which was trained by the Benedict Kujur. Six players have played at the international level. The school provides basic skill training to students for hockey who later find it easy to play anywhere.” Jharkhand has a wealthy historical past of manufacturing hockey champions. Even iconic participant Jaipal Singh Munda belonged to Jharkhand. — IANS

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